Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

BK In The News: January 8, 2013
Emergency crews scrambled into action Monday when a tanker ship struck a Bay Bridge tower, but visions of catastrophe turned to relief after the damage was quickly assessed and news spread that a disaster had been averted. It was the kind of response that local, state and federal officials wished...
Blog Post: November 6, 2012
Five years ago on the morning of November 7, the 900-foot container ship Cosco Busan left Oakland, in heavy fog with low visibility. It side-swiped a Bay Bridge tower, ripping open two fuel tanks and pouring more than 53,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay. Initially, the ship...
Monthly Column: November 1, 2012
Five years ago, on the morning of November 7, the 900-foot container ship Cosco Busan left Oakland in heavy fog with low visibility. It side-swiped a Bay Bridge tower, ripping open two fuel tanks and pouring more than 53,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay. Initially, the ship...
BK In The News: May 21, 2012
Capt. John Cota, who was blamed for causing the San Francisco Bay's worst oil spill in two decades when he crashed a cargo ship into the Bay Bridge in 2007 and dumped 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the water, is quietly trying to regain his mariner's license so he can sail in the bay again.
Blog Post: May 17, 2012
Birds and other wildlife coated with oil during oil spills will be more likely to get rescue and care under Baykeeper-sponsored legislation being considered in the California Senate. Update: The legislation, SB 1192, has passed the Senate and is now being considered in the California Assembly. SB...
Blog Post: May 9, 2012
The owner and operator of the Dubai Star, a tanker that spilled 422 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in 2009, will pay $1.96 million to settle violations of state clean water laws. The payment will be used primarily to restore wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation in the East Bay. Oil...
BK In The News: February 14, 2012
It was one of the worst ecological disasters in San Francisco Bay history. The Cosco Busan hit the Bay Bridge, sending 53,000 gallons of thick oil into the water. Now, for the first time, the I-Team lets you listen in as it unfolds, in an investigation you'll see Only On 7.
Blog Post: February 14, 2012
The riskiest part of the cleanup of oil spilled from a tugboat in the Richmond harbor has succeeded. The World War II-era Tiger tugboat sank in on December 11, and oil from leaky fuel tanks began seeping out. Baykeeper has been closely monitoring the process of cleaning up this potential oil spill...
Blog Post: January 6, 2012
Baykeeper received a briefing from the Coast Guard on the current status of the oil spill caused by a sunken tug boat in Richmond's Inner Harbor last month. We're pleased to report that oil is no longer actively seeping from the tug, and efforts are underway to remove the remaining fuel oil from...
Blog Post: December 14, 2011
On Sunday, December 11, a WWII-era tugboat with as much as 52,000 gallons of fuel oil on board sank into Richmond's Inner Harbor. Oil was soon observed leaking into surrounding waters. The day prior, approximately 1,290 gallons of diesel fuel escaped from UC Berkeley's Stanley Hall into the storm...

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